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De Brabantse Pijl - La Fleche Brabanconne 2016

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The Brabantse Pijl is the final race of the Flanders Classics series that began back in February at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and it serves as a gentle transition from the harsh cobbles of the Flemish Ardennes to the French-speaking side of the country where La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be contested.

The race starts in Leuven, then sweeps south of Brussels, taking in 11 climbs before circling around the finish in Schavei three times, adding another 15 helling to the route. The final kick comes with 200m to go, favouring the punchy riders like last year's winner Ben Hermans (BMC), Philippe Gilbert, or Peter Sagan.

Sagan's Tinkoff team chose not to include the race in its calendar, and Gilbert is out with a broken finger, leaving Hermans to defend his title against the likes of Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge), Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale), Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal).

Czech champion Petr Vakoč won the race thanks to help from Alaphilippe, out-pacing Enrico Gasparotto (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) in the uphill finish.

2016 Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step4:48:50
2Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:06
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:12
4Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:20
5Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
6Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
7Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
8Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
9Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
10Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team

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